Kyle Larson has been dominating the dirt track racing world in 2020, winning in everything from Sprint Cars to Dirt Late Models. This year has also marked the start of a dirt racing career for Larson’s son, Owen.
Owen Larson began competing this year at Millbridge Speedway in the track’s Beginner Box Stock division, intended for young racers to cut their teeth at the 1/6-mile Salisbury, North Carolina oval. During an interview on Speed51’s “The Bullring” last week, Larson discussed the ups and downs of playing father and driver coach for Owen.
“It’s been fun to take him out there, for sure. He’s only five, so it’s hard for me to be a driver coach because I get frustrated with him. I know he’s not listening to what I’m trying to tell him at all.”
Larson said his son has no issue driving as fast as possible at all times. That has already led to some on-track skirmishes, producing some coaching moments from father to son.
“He’s got zero fear, that’s for sure. He’s not afraid to run wide open. He’s not afraid to put the kart in a hole that’s not there at all. He’s run into his fair share of drivers.
“I’ve been trying to tell him, ‘Hey, man, you need to stop running into people. You’ll get known as a dirty driver.’ He’s getting mad at me when I tell him he’s becoming a dirty driver. Hopefully he’ll learn how to pass people. He just gets a little too aggressive. He doesn’t quite understand you need a run to pass people in those karts.”
While Larson is still working to develop Owen’s patience, he is impressed by his speed and progress already in his first season, as well as the friendships he is building. Like Owen, Kyle started his racing career in Outlaw Karts such as Beginner Box Stocks.
“It’s fun to see him get better. He gets better every time he gets on the race track. It’s cool to see him making friendships out there. Back when I was a kid racing Beginner Box Stocks, I’m still best friends with some of those kids I was racing with at his age. I know he’s building friendships that will last forever.”
Larson admits he may not be the best teacher for Owen, but he enjoys the opportunities to go to the track whenever they present themselves.
“I’m not a good teacher. I need to work at that. I’m not hard on him or anything, but it’s tough, because when you’re a driver, you know what you need to go better. It’s hard to communicate that, especially with a five-year-old, but it’s a lot of fun, and I look forward to taking him out there every chance we get.”
Beginner Box Stocks will be part of Tuesday’s racing at Millbridge Speedway as DIAEDGE NC Race Week continues. Fans can watch the event live on Speed51.TV by clicking here.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo